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Heart and Soul

In our monthly Health Defense classes, Grandmaster Joe Manley is sharing with us his “Internal Journey”, which includes a fusion of Daoist and Ayurvedic practices that are said to enhance internal health.  This is the second essay in a series that looks at the five major organs: lung, kidney, liver, heart, and spleen. (Click here […]

Fear and Loathing in the Parking Lot

(With apologies to Hunter S. Thompson…) The other day, while loading groceries into the car, I saw a man and a woman arguing in the parking lot.  They were both very upset, and also clearly did not know each other.  I don’t remember who said what, but did see the woman furiously snap photos at […]

Strengthening your Liver, the Organ of Spring

In our monthly Health Defense classes, Grandmaster Joe Manley is sharing with us his fusion of Daoist and Ayurvedic practices that enhance internal health.  In the Daoist tradition, the five major organs that support internal health and wellness are the Lung, Kidney, Liver, Heart, and Spleen.  Each of these corresponds to a season.  Each organ […]

Rainbow Yoga at Powers Farm and Brewery

Two years ago, Melody and Kevin Powers look a leap of faith and opened their own brewery in Midland, Va (near Warrenton Airport).   It’s a welcoming, friendly place where conversations can be easily started with the person sitting next to you.  In the summer, I love coming there to collect my CSA share from […]

March 2019 Healing Arts Seminar with Dr. Gyi

While many people think of martial arts as focused on physical fighting, the techniques in the Hanthawaddy Bando system as taught by Grandmaster (GM) Dr. Gyi can support three main objectives:  Hurting, Healing, or Harmonizing.  In this model, hurting, of course, is related to inflicting pain and or damage, whether it be physical or spiritual.  […]

Book Review: Chapter 1 of Meditation and the Initiation Process

Several of us have decided to dive into Volume 6 of a series on the Mind, written by Bodo Balsys.  This book, Meditation and the Initiation Process, is not an easy read; we’re aiming for one chapter a month.  This month, we’re tackling the Chapter 1 – Introduction. Balsys is a scholar in Buddhism; he’s […]

What is your source of joy?

This holiday season, I continued one of my current traditions of making an insane number of cookies to share with family and friends.  Typically, I make multiple batches for roughly 10-12 different recipes, yielding 70 – 100 dozen cookies (yes, that’s on the order of one thousand treats!).  This year felt different, though, not because […]

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Thoughts on the Concept of Non-Violence

There’s a powerful concept that I learned about years ago; in Sanskrit the term for this concept is Ahimsa. Ahimsa can be roughly translated as the practice of non-violence or non-harm to all beings. At it’s simplest, one practices Ahimsa by intentionally choosing to refrain from physical violence or from speech that is hurtful. And […]